The following update comes courtesy of our friends at Play Scotland.
Play Scotland drew our attention to a recent blog article, on the subject of risky play. The article is titled ‘Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play‘ and discusses how research shows risky play “increases physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. ” Access the article by clicking here.
The following information came from the latest ‘Play Scotland‘ newsletter.
Play Scotland have shared a link to an article that has lots of information on children being encouraged to play outdoors during the winter months. Some of the benefits to outdoor winter play are: increases in exercise and using different muscles, getting fresh air and avoiding bacteria, and vitamin D exposure.
If you’re interested in reading about other ways children can benefit from bundling up and getting outdoors, click here to read the full article.
A new app has been released by Play Scotland, full of fun and healthy ideas you can do with children. Find out more on the Boredom Busters website. Here’s some more information on the app from Play Scotland:
Boredom Busters is a brand new, fun app for 8-12 year olds, designed to get children actively playing more in a variety of different ways. This app is packed full of inspirational ideas for ways to play brought to you by Play Scotland.
“By tapping into the digital world we can offer this resource to children all over Scotland no matter who or where they are. This is a fun way of supporting children and young people in Scotland giving them access to a wide range of play opportunities that meet their individual needs.”
Check out our Boredom Busters micro site www.boredombusters.org
Sandra has sent through a short report about a fun and informative evening they had recently at Strathpeffer Community Centre, celebrating ‘Play on the Longest Day’. Sandra explains more:
Inspiring Scotland have issued a report called “Funders of Play – a guide to foundations, trusts and charities who support play in Scotland”. The report lists the organisations in Scotland that offer funding to charitable and non-profit organisations in Scotland. Contact details and the maximum grant available are also listed.
Did you know that in the eyes of the United Nations, every child should have the opportunity for play and recreation? The Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31, states:
“Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities”
There are many many benefits of play, including exercise, building friendships, teamwork and improving social skills.
Given the importance of play for a child’s development, how do we ensure Highland’s children are given the opportunity to engage in regular and worthwhile recreational activities?
With these questions in mind, For Highland’s Children have published “Highland Play Strategy 2016 – 2020”. The aim of the Highland Play Strategy is to “make Highland the best place to grow up” and this report contains a four step strategy to help make this happen.
The PDF report can be downloaded by clicking here.
Mairianne is back with another Frugal Fun Friday! This week Mairianne shows us how a simple paper plate can be transformed in to a friendly and colourful catterpillar.
Play Matters’ March 2016 edition is now available for download
- The Community Play awards, nominations and winners
- Scottish Government changes to funding, with more than £2 million being committed to support charities helping children
- The most recent academic details, including a comparison between children and inmates in regards to time spent outside.
- and many more interesting topics
This information is important and valuable to everyone involved in childcare from professionals to childminders to parents! Make sure that you know what is going on and how it can affect you and your child.
The full newsletter is available here
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